Australia’s reigning Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series champion Rhiannan Iffland is proving unbeaten as she looks to defend her crown, scoring a dominant 30 points in Ireland’s Dún Laoghaire Harbour to equal the longest women’s winning-streak in competition history.
Iffland’s win, her fourth in as many competitions, has levelled her with former world champion Rachelle Simpson, who represented America in the cliffdiving series. For Lake Macquarie’s soaring diver, it was simply “a really cool feeling.”
“The winning streak is a great confidence boost going into the rest of the year,” she said after her history-making dive. “It was really tough [in Dublin], and I actually chose not to train ahead of the event because I wanted to save my body and feel more comfortable and warmer up there on the platform.”
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Iffland scored her near perfect dive – 9.0, 9.5, 9.0 – in front of more than 145,000 people at the Dublin leg of the series. She said the massive amount of spectators led her to an even better result, and said she felt she was sharing the cold with them.
“It was a great audience at the Dún Laoghaire Harbour, that’s a really nice feeling,” she said.
“They’re standing out there in the cold as well, so that makes it more manageable for us. It always helps when there’s a big crowd, it gives you a bit more energy and I think a lot of the divers feed off it. I know I do.”
Canada’s Lysanne Richard took her second podium this season, while Adriana Jimenez of Mexico completed the top three behind Iffland’s dominant showing.